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Flame retardant bedding – what to look for
Safety and welfare should be paramount considerations when planning and delivering services in the following industries such as the hospitality industry, the health sector and the prison sector.
If you have a duty of care, then you must abide by health and safety rules.
When it comes to fire prevention, this means ensuring that any bedding items you use such as duvets, linen and mattresses adhere to British Safety standards BS7175.
What is fire prevention fabric?
Fire prevention fabric comes in two types: Flame resistant and flame retardant. Fabric which is flame resistant is made from fibers which have flame resistance built into its chemical structure. Flame resistant material is designed to stop a fire from spreading. It may burn, but it will do so extremely slowly and very often is self extinguishing.
Flame retardant fabrics have been chemically treated, usually with bromine to be self extinguishing or extremely slow burning when exposed to an open flame. All products and equipment that meet British Safety standards will be clearly labelled and so give you piece of mind. BS7175 marked products, for example, have usually been tested under a range of situations that commonly cause fire.
A common cause of a fire starting from a bed is from a smoldering match or still lit cigarette. Fire retardant bedding ensures that it does not catch fire and the fire does not spread. The chemically treated bedding will not catch alight and will usually put itself out if left unattended. This is very useful if beds and bedding are used by vulnerable clients. For example, a high tension environment may see beds and bedding set alight deliberately; fire retardant bedding can prevent a grave situation from getting worse.
Fire retardant bedding is also usually machine washable, able to be thoroughly cleaned and reused yet still remain flame retardant. And because fire retardant bedding is not significantly more expensive than regular bedding, you are buying bedding not only at comparable cost but with additional functionality that does not diminish over time.
Functional and Beautiful
Another benefit of fire retardant bedding is that as well as being functional and safe, you needn’t compromise on aesthetics either. Fire retardant bedding is of course, useful and functional, but depending on the sector you work in and the demands of your customers, fire retardant bedding can also be beautiful. You needn’t plump for stiff, white bedding if you don’t want to. Nowadays, fire retardant bedding is available in a range of colors and sizes. Often it is made from polyester, but this helps further prevent the risk of a fire starting and spreading.
So you’ll be able to individually, bulk buy or custom purchase fire retardant bedding that not only meets but exceeds the demands and requirements of your clients and customers whether you work in a hostel or hospital.
FIRE RETARDANT BEDDING
Fire retardant bedding and bed linens for Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Residential Homes where the risks of fire from an accident arise.FR Fitted sheets, FR flat sheets, FR duvet covers, FR pillows, duvets & Pillows all FR bedding manufactured to Fire Retardant Source 5 & Source 7.
Flame retardant refers to materials that are resistant to catching fire. Substances are added to a material or applied to a surface to suppress, reduce, or delay the combustion of the material to a significant degree.
The Prison fire retardant bedding range is designed to meet the challenges of a prison environment where cell bedding needs to be fire resistant, vandal resistant and durable. The Prison fire retardant bedding range extends to mattresses, pillows, fire resistant blankets, high security blankets and other essential cell bedding. We understand the importance of continuing to listen to Prison Officers and Procurement departments as we seek to design and manufacture products which meet the changing needs of a Prison cell environment. Our range of bedding is designed to be fire and vandal resistant making them ideal for use in Police Custody Suites, Holding Cells and Youth Hostels. The mattresses are made to provide a durable and safer mattress particularly for Youth Hostels. The welded seams ensure that the mattress is both durable and hygienic: liquids cannot ingress into the foam. The mattress is made of light-weight materials to assist maneuverability into bunk beds. The mattress is fire resistant and is tested to BS 7175 1989 – source 7 standard. Our 10.5 tog pro ban treated cotton duvet is flame resistant to BS7175 1989 Source 7 standards.
Annex C to PSO 3803
PRISONER BEDDING Prisons in general and in particular ‘cellular accommodation’ areas are very vulnerable to the effects of fire due to the very nature of those committed to their care; with this in mind the Prison Service Fire Safety Manual states:
“The type of bedding used has been controlled. The Prison Service only issue bedding, which conforms to laid down standards. All non-issue items must also conform to the same standard. Duvets for example, must be to a standard at least equal to that which is required in hospitals or similar institutions. The flammability standard necessary is Ignition Source 0 and 7 in accordance with British Standard 7175 1989 Section 2.3.3. Contact the Fire Safety Section for
The level of risk posed by bedding is determined by the fire risk assessment and subsequent advice given by Fire Safety Adviser. With this in mind, prisons should be seeking to supply mattress and furniture products that conform to ignition source 7+ as displayed on the labels etc. Further to this, advice from CPIG (Crown Premises Inspection Group) sets the standard that they expect to see used in prisons.